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Obama pushes Democrats for unity on health plan

New York Times, August 5, 2009

President Obama continues to urge Democratic senators to persevere in trying to get a bipartisan deal on healthcare, but left open the possibility that they might have to pass a bill with only Democratic votes if Republicans stood in the way. At lunch with Democrats at the White House, Obama vowed to respond to Republican attacks on his plan, which aims to guarantee insurance for all Americans while slowing the explosive growth of health costs.